|Western Sierra Ancha Foothills, AZ|
|Western Sierra Ancha Foothills, AZ|| |
Western Sierra Ancha Foothills, AZ
|Hiking||2.23 Miles|| 4 Hrs 2 Mns ||0.79 mph|
|683 ft AEG|| 1 Hour 12 Mns Break|
|This large and remote Tonto National Forest area, NE of Roosevelt Lake and North of FR60 (A-Cross Road) that runs between the Sierra Ancha-Young Highway 288 and Pumpkin Center is known for its ranching history, ancient Native American history, some very challenging 4WD roads which provide a few official F/S trails with a huge amount of off-trail hike exploring available and very scenic driving if you are in the right 4WD vehicle.|
Between early Spring of 2008 and Spring 2010 with HAZ-topohiker(Ken) and HAZ-ssk44 (Eric), I spent some very enjoyable time exploring in this area and had not been back since March-2010.
This long overdue return visit was prompted by Eric's early September'2020 interesting Google Earth find of another potential, lesser known, ancient Native American Ruin Site that had HAZ-Oregon_Hiker (Larry) and my name written all over it See our posted, geocoded photosets with captions for more details.
There are a couple of drive options North off of FR60 (A-Cross Road) to access this area where we needed to be. The access road we chose to drive in Larry's FJ Cruiser was FR97 with less off-road driving miles but requires a vehicle with high clearance, real 4WD (no Subaru's), off-road quality tires, and at least one locker recommended. The other driving option route North off of FR60 is to continue further NW on FR60 to intersect FR895 North (the scenic and historic Thompson Mesa Road). This FR895 drive option North to a second trailhead hiking option would require a capable 4WD, high clearance vehicle with quality off-road tires.
For anyone interested in visiting this remote, less visited hiking area, I spent some time on HAZ- Route Cloud editing all the recommended drive, hike, and key waypoint details. Here they are for just this hike: [ Western Sierra Ancha Foothills :: map ]
For the FR895 scenic and historic Thompson Mesa area drive, we have a HAZ Hike Guide for [ Boyer Cabin Trail #148 ] and [ Boyer Ridge ]
|(Outside.. "there is No Place Like It!!")|